Are ants necessary for peonies to flower?

Question:

Are ants necessary for peonies to flower?

Answer:

Ants aren’t necessary for peonies to flower.  The ants are attracted to the sugary nectar produced by the peony buds.  The nectar is a good food source for the ants.  Peony buds will open without the presence of ants.  

Learn more about growing peonies in Iowa in this article: Growing Peonies in Iowa

Last updated on
April 10, 2023